eric9tx wrote:Well it now seems that I'm making caramel fondue for tonight's dinner. Rather than use actual "ingredients", would it be terrible to buy the little caramel chewy candies and melt them in a double boiler?
Heh heh ... speaking of caramel ... funny story.
While watching football games this weekend, I was doing laundry and ironing shirts for the week. All of a sudden, in the middle of ironing one shirt, these brown smears appeared (they were small, not like a burn mark). I lifted the iron, saw nothing on it ... nothing else on the shirt ... so I tried again: more smears. This time when I lifted the iron I could see some brown goo bubbling out of one of the holes in the bottom.
I bought this iron just a few weeks ago, so I know it's not some old residue left inside. Besides, I had just refilled it with water for the second time that afternoon, so it couldn't be old gunk or it would have come out earlier. Figuring that maybe it had been on too long, I turned it off to let it cool.
After it had cooled completely, I turned it on again, and let it warm up. Once it beeped, indicating it had reached the set temperature, I walked over, with a test-towel, only to find that brown goo was now bubbling out of most of the holes on the iron. If I set it horizontal brown drops splattered all over the ironing board. WTF?
It was at this time that I noticed a "CLEAN" button on the back of the iron, so I decided to try that. This seemed to allow the hot water inside the iron to flow freely out of the hot iron, and now I had brown water everywhere. Fortunately most of it was on the now-soaked towel, but this was really getting annoying.
At this point, I start to retrace my steps to figure out what the hell could be going on. I remembered that the last time I filled the iron I used one of the cups of water that my daughter had set next to the sink while cleaning her room. Upon asking her what was in the cups she brought down from her room, she replied, "Some had water, and one had Sprite."
Of course. I had checked to be sure the water was clear and free of any "sutff", but the thought that it might be flat soda never occurred to me.
It took me four more clean refills of water through the iron before it quit spitting out caramelized sugar water. And then I had to run the ironing board cover through the wash to clean it of the sugar water that had come out of the iron.
... and the family room smelled like cotton candy for the rest of the evening.